Roatan Takes 3 of 4 in Weekend Baseball Action
An all-star squad drawn from the three teams of the Roatan Insular baseball league won three of four games at Sandy Bay Field this weekend against teams from off the island, including the Honduran national champion and runner-up.
The Roatan squad beat the national champion Honduran Air Force team from Tegucigalpa 6-2 Saturday, after defeating national runner-up Imdepor (Instituto Municipal de Deporte) of Puerto Cortes 7-3 earlier in the day. Clay William was the winning pitcher in the first game, and Edison (Pupu) Bodden notched the victory in game two. Kenzy Flowers was named most valuable player of Saturday’s mini-tournament for getting six base hits and scoring four runs in the two games.
A match scheduled between the two mainland teams earlier in the day was canceled because of rain. The teams had to leave on the next morning’s ferry, so the game could not be rescheduled. The two afternoon games were shortened to seven innings because of the rain delay.
On Sunday, the Roatan team split a double-header against a visiting team from Utila.
The Utila squad could not solve Roatan pitcher Ben Walker in the first game as Roatan routed the visitors 22-2. Roger Coleman hit two home runs for Roatan, and Leonard Lara added a third in the winning effort.
It was a different story in game two, however, as Utila jumped to a one-run lead in the third inning and never relinquished it. Second baseman Oscar Martinez hit a leadoff single and advanced to second when shortstop Antony Ramon hit a grounder to short that Roatan shortstop Kenzy Flowers couldn’t handle. Left fielder Benjamin Alvarado singled to load the bases. Centerfielder Adam Morgan then grounded to first, and Martinez beat Erenton Bodden’s throw to the plate.
Utila added two runs in the fourth on an RBI single by catcher Rudy Parson that scored first baseman Levy Cooper from third and a fly to right by Martinez that was mishandled for a two-base error, scoring pitcher Keith Ramon, who had walked ahead of Martinez.
Roatan mounted a rally in the fifth but came up short with only one run. Right fielder Ernie James hit a one-out single but was thrown out trying to steal second. Left fielder Edward Webster walked. Then centerfielder Kyle Grant hit a deep drive to left for an RBI triple but was thrown out trying to stretch it into an inside-the-park home run, ending the inning.
Cooper hit a bases-empty homer in the eighth for Utila that put the game out of reach. Keith Ramon got the victory, pitching nine innings and allowing just one run to a team that had scored 35 in three games over the previous 24 hours.